President & CEO
As President and CEO of DePalma Hotels and Resorts, Brian DePalma is responsible for all aspects of company operations, sales and marketing and outreach. A 26 year industry veteran, he has been responsible for hotel operations, asset management, assisting owners in acquisitions and new development, receiverships and market analysis for properties throughout the country.
Starting in the hotel industry as a bellman, Brian’s roles and duties have included acting as General Manager, Regional Manager, Hotel Opening and Project Manager, Corporate Business Development, Chief Operating Officer and President and Chief Executive Officer of a 35 year old hotel management organization. He has been involved with different types of hospitality projects and openings including resorts, conference centers, full and select service hotels.
Mr. DePalma's primary areas of expertise include forecasting, cash flow projections, capital expenditure plans, market research, budget creation and review and development planning.
Specialty experience encompasses all facets from pre-opening to turn around opportunities for distressed properties, to negotiating contracts. With extensive contacts within financial institutions, the legal community, hospitality consultants and hotel and real estate brokers, Mr. DePalma has built a reputable network within the industry as a whole. Additionally, Brian assists in negotiating franchise agreements, assists lenders in the sale of hotels and evaluates third party management contracts within the company.
Brian DePalma has assisted and served as expert witness in recent litigated matters and has completed receivership functions as an agent for DePalma Hotels and Resorts. He is also a current Board Member of the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management from Texas Tech University. He enjoys spending time and learning about life with his wife and two daughters along with serving others in ministry at his local church.